Council Meeting Bulletin - 2 Dec 2014

Posted Tuesday 09 December 2014

Proposed Special Rate Variation 2015-16

Following implementation of a detailed community engagement strategy that resulted in 900 submissions, Council resolved to advise the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of its intention to make application for a Special Rate Variation in 2015-16 of 13% (including the rate peg).

The next step in the process is to place on public exhibition drafts of the Delivery Program and Long Term Financial Plan that reflect Council’s intention to seek a Special Rate Variation. These documents are on public exhibition for a period of six weeks until 18 January 2015. The community are invited to comment on these documents and they are available at the Civic Centre, Library and on Council’s website.

Following this period of exhibition Council will at its meeting on 3 February 2015 consider any submissions received and decide whether to proceed with an application to IPART for a Special Rate Variation. Should Council resolve to proceed applications are due to IPART by 16 February 2015.

Mosman Civic Centre Needs Analysis

Following ongoing consideration and a recent needs analysis, the views of the community will be sought regarding an improved Civic Centre site that:

  • Provides improved facilities for the Mosman community, including new library, art gallery, community facilities, public domain improvements, administration offices and additional public car parking
  • Adheres to planning controls for building height and floor space ratio contained in Mosman Local Environmental Plan 2012
  • Is financially positive as a result of the redevelopment of some land within the site for private residential and retail use

The purpose of this consultation is to obtain community views on a wide range of options and issues for the future of the Civic Centre site that takes into consideration the following important objectives:

  • activation and beautification of public ground spaces
  • provision of significantly increased public parking
  • a contemporary high quality new library
  • customer friendly public services
  • efficient council administrative offices
  • flexibility to respond to possible changes in Council structures and staffing
  • economic use of publicly owned assets
  • a positive financial return

Council is also very aware of the need to consider traffic impacts and acknowledges that for any future design concept, traffic impacts would need to be assessed and considered.
Equally, the exhibition material will consider broad indications of possible staging and timing options including any follow up design and approval processes subject to community views.

The public consultation strategy will be undertaken for a minimum period of six weeks and will commence following the December-January holiday period.

Policy Review – Special Event Management Policy and Pricing Policy

Following public exhibition of the policies, Council considered submissions received and resolved the following changes to the existing policies:

  • that in all foreshore areas, major special events of a commercial nature will only be permissible during the months of April to October and in any case prior to the commencement of the Nippers season. Commercial events are defined as those events with a profit (rather than a ‘cost-neutral’ or community fundraising) motive.
  • Council’s Pricing Policy – Schedule of Fees and Charges to be amended to include a new premium for Special Events of a commercial nature, the premium being an additional 20% on Special Event fees otherwise payable.

Mosman Library Foyer and Senior Centre – Refurbishment Works

Council resolved to enter into negotiations with Momentum Built for the refurbishment works for the Mosman Library Foyer and Seniors Centre. The scope of works for the Library includes:

  • upgrading technology to improve the service to Library patrons and to facilitate more efficient use of staff time
  • refurbishing the highly used public toilets with the addition of an accessibility toilet to comply with the relevant standards
  • improving accessibility to the Library by making the foyer more open plan, friendly and implementing all high priority items from the Mosman Accessibility Strategy

The scope of works for the Seniors Centre includes:

  • implementing the recommendations from the Mosman Accessibility Strategy
  • enhancing the visual and acoustic privacy for activities in the hall
  • improving staff security

Subject to successful negotiations it is expected that these works for the Library and Seniors Centre will be undertaken in February – April 2015 and January – February 2015 respectively. Arrangements will be put in place to ensure that any disruption to services, programs and activities are minimised and well communicated.

10/50 Tree Replacement Program

Council continues to campaign against the NSW Rural Fire Service 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code. Whilst it is acknowledged that the NSW Government recently announced a reduction in the entitlement area, Mosman Council believes it should be excluded from the Code.

In response to the facts that since the 10/50 Rule was introduced in August there has been a reduction in Mosman’s tree canopy with nearly a tree a day being removed and that 70% of these removals were previously the subject of tree permits refused by Council, Council staff have been requested to provide a report on the implications of a 10/50 Tree Replacement Program.

2015 Council Meeting Schedule

Council meetings are held on a Tuesday at 7pm. The 2015 Council meeting schedule was adopted with the following meeting dates, including two meetings in February:

  • 3 February
  • 17 February
  • 3 March
  • 14 April
  • 5 May
  • 2 June
  • 7 July
  • 4 August
  • 8 September
  • 6 October
  • 10 November
  • 1 December